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, the new look of michele obama. talking about the new book that pays homage to the first lady. >>> the buildup to monday's presidential inauguration is in full swing this friday afternoon, perhaps nowhere more so than here at the d.c. convention center. i'm bob barnard. i'll tell you why when i take you on a behind-of-the-scenes behind-the-scenes tour.  >>> the first inaugural event kick off tomorrow in communities all across the country and on the national mall devoted to national service. more on the last-minute work being done for what's in store. >> reporter: the d.c. convention center is hosting all three inaugural events. beside the swearing in ceremony and the parade, as you might imagine, this place is buzzing right now. there were six inaugural balls. the three this time around or the children's inaugural, saturdays day night in this cavernous hall and then monday night, the inaugural ball and the commander in chief ball in this room, mostly enlisted members and their families. >> it's very important to the first and second families because it is their way of
break. president obama talking about breaking the quote/unquote fever of republicans and looking at what they have proposed is taking the battle away from the debt ceiling and moving it to having the senate duke it out over the budget process. of course, this means we will have another budget fiscal fight ahead but instead of it being over the debt ceiling, which a default would have been cataclysmic for the government or a government shutdown, this is an ability to be over the terrain of the budget process, normal give and take between the house, the senate, the white house coming in. and a probably more functional way to reduce spending and also get the fiscal house in order rather than having it attached to the debt ceiling fight. >> thank you very much, mark. see you in d.c. for the inauguration. and have a great weekend, buddy. >> you, too. >>> up next from manti te'o's high hopes to lance armstrong admitting he's lied to us for years, should the scandals mat tore the men and women in washington? why they say d.c. lawmakers should be concerned about those two stories. at 1:45, the a
and barack obama said that was the top priority but since november 6th, all we have talked about is debt reduction. that wasn't an issue. the words fiscal cliff were never uttered at any point in any one of the three presidential debates and that became the entire conversation for six weeks after the election and now more debt reduction. this is why we have elections to settle these issues. the issue to focus on is jobs. the president had a jobs plan on the table for two years now, the american jobs act. not going to get it passed in full but look at some of the elements of that. let's start to focus on that issue because that's the issue the american people care about. >> i want to play an excerpt of the president's first inauguration. let's play a little bit of what he said. >> today, i say to you that the challenges we face are real. they are serious and they are many. they will not be met easily or in a short span of time. but know this, america. they will be met. >> zachary, the president said that they will be met. the same challenges and many cases, some improvements we have seen
rising because i think you're super cool. let's talk about what can president obama do and can the are yous fight back, rand paul saying i'll going to go get him. get him how? >> the president and the legal counsel will look at what authorities exist and the president will either use or not use his discretion. when we talk about executive orders in general, we're talking about the president's rights to discretionary action as what the government, the actions that the government takes. he can say for instance, i want more enforcement focus on gun crimes. i want less enforcement focus let's say on prosecuting people who use marijuana. that can be done, for instance, through executive order. the question about research, it's a real question. here's the problem. the history of research just into gun violence and why we see so much gun violence in this country as opposed to other countries, measures have been passed riders to appropriation bills banning the c.d.c., bang federal health agencies from doing extensive research into this back five, six, seven years ago. one of the things
. at a white house news conference yesterday president obama talked about gun control and the national debt. major garrett is at the white house. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, norah and charlie. the president says he wants the gun debate to rise above politics. that's virtually impossible and there are constitutional questions regarding gun control no lawmaker can ignore. for some parts the president's gun violence agenda which he'll discuss with the vice president in a couple of hours the president is looking at executive powers that do not require congressional consent. vice president biden told house democrats there were more than a dozen ways president obama could circumvent congress among the ideas, beefing up federal data collection on criminals with guns and the health care toll of gun violence. >> there are some steps that we can take that don't require legislation and that are within my authority as president. >> reporter: as parents of the children killed in newtown pleaded for new steps to reduce gun violence mr. obama conceded congress may reject
founders believe why and hear barack obama is talking about why and not x, that isn't the stick. that's saying somebody is entering a long historical conversation. when you see the founding fathers believed x and barack obama believes why it, that becomes the stick. so i think that at a very fundamental level, kind of discourse that i am responding to can't draw that distinction between the founders believe and most founders believed or many founders or some founders believed because of that historical the incoherent unity of opinion as fundamental to the way the discourse is being used. >> host: is there any hope for propaganda as you described them to have a meaningful constructive conversation about the founding father? >> guest: that is at odds with what most are talking to. >> host: let me ask about the founding fathers apart from what they have said about them. this is a special group of people and maybe they've been treated wrong by the people to talk about in your book but if this is a group of people were the evin ellen 20 talf. >> guest: i do think so. i think these are very
believed x, some founders believed y, and here barack obama is talking about y and not x. that's not a stick. that's just saying that something is entering a long historical conversation. when you say the founding fathers believed x and barack obama believes y, that becomes the stick. so, i think that at a very fundamental level, the kind of discourse i'm responding to can't draw that distinction between the founders believed and most founders believed, because -- or many founders, or some founders believed, because that historically incoherent unanimity of opinion is fundamental to the way the discourse is being used. >> host: is there any hope for prop begannists to have a meaningful, constructive conversation about the founding fathers? >> i think that is at odd with what most propagandaist are trying to do. >> host: let me ask you about the founding fathers, aside -- was this a special group of people? maybe they've been treated wrong by the people you talk about in your book but is this a group of people worthy of special attention even now in 2012? >> guest: i think so. t
and hear barack obama is talking about why you not ask. rush's statement dominus entering a nonhistorical conversation when he said the founding fathers believe x. barack obama believes why becomes a state. so at a very fundamental level, the discourse imus on me to can't draw that distinction between the founders believed in those founders believed for some founders believed because that historically incoherent unanimity is fundamental to the way. >> host: is there any hope of propagandists to have a meaningful, construct a conversation about the founding fathers? >> guest: i think that's at odds with what most propagandists are trying to do. >> host: let me ask about the founding fathers apart from an author says that about them. was this a special group of people? maybe they've been treated on by the people you talk about in your book. this is a group of special people now and 2012? >> guest: i think these remarkable people who care deeply about their country and deeply about ideas. they were all so a flawed, very often hypocritical, very often controversial group of people, but in the
. >> what do you make of what obama said in the proposal -- we were talking about background checks, but he also says he wants to introduce a ban on military-style assault weapons. >> i find that in some ways a little hypocritical, considering president obama had a program called fast and furious that walked across the border thousands of so-called assault rifles, millions of rounds of ammunition, and an unbelievable amount of high-capacity magazines that have been used by violent criminals of drug cartels. >> why then do americans in the united states need these weapons? >> they have also killed hundreds of civilians, including women and children. why doesn't he try to find those guns and get them back -- it is his administration who put them out on the street. >> why is it that americans currently -- around 300 million guns in private hands in the united states. why then do americans need some any guns? >> we have a lot people. a lot of people like to have guns for different purposes. a hand gun for self-defense, a rifle for target shooting, a shotgun for skeet shooting. we fought a roll
that he used in the statement. technically speaking its more like fascism he's talking about obama-care. socialism is where the government owns the mean of production and in fascism the government doesn't own the means of production, but they do control it, and that's what's happening in our healthcare programs and these reforms. guys, i want to go you, michael shure, what are your thoughts on this? is obama a fascist? >> no, he's not. my favorite was when mackey went on to say, i'm sorry i didn't mean fascist. some people would associate that with hitler and mussolini i'm paraphrasing here. what else do you associate it with? it was totally out of line and it made me want to buy processed foot more. >> ana: i love that you mentioned him back peddling a little bit he released people were up set about it. the price of his stock did not drop at all which i found interesting, but he found that the criticism was too much to bear, so he went on fox news and said the following. >> there is so much emotional baggage with that term dating back to germany and spain and italy in world war ii
under the obama administration in afghanistan has not worked. now we are talking about leaving fairly soon but the taliban are still strong i believe the report? >> it was produced by the command in afghanistan it trass three or four backs. what happened since the surge is acted increase and all the measurements that were used in this report. and so great marines fought. army special forces. everything fought hard. it just didn't work. >> bill: you are a vietnam vet. >> yeah. >> bill: were you in vietnam colonel peters. >> no, i was a little too young but i wish i had been. >> bill: hunt looks a lot older than you i'm sorry to make that mistake. colonel was in vietnam. it's the same thing we had a corrupt south vietnam me regime. didn't work. didn't win the people's loyalty. that's what we are looking at in afghanistan colonel peters. the same thing. the afghani people. they are afraid of the taliban. they are saying, you know, karzai and those people, are they going to protect us? the answer is no. so that they are not really throw throwing in with the u.s. and the coalition forces.
't use that in talking to a reporter because the humor that was done on the barack obama campaign's tumbler and all of those things, i loved it. >> but it could be off message. you go through these intense campaign, you've got thousands of e-mails then you unplugged no internet for a week. what did youern from that experience, harper? >> i set out -- i realized i was addicted to e-mail. i think we all tra v that. i was at dinner with my wife and i was like "just a second." >> what are you talking about? i don't know what you mean! >> so i realized that we went from getting thousands of e-mails to suddenly like ten and it was a little bit -- i think there's a lot of ego in technology and so it's a little bit like i was like aren't i important? what happened? what happened? >> so you decided to opt out? >> i wanted to just put a distance between that part of my life and what was coming up next because i figured it's going to ramp up again but i wanted to have this tiny bit of time where i could just read. >> tell our viewers what was the best thing you read when you unplugged? >> i
the inauguration of president obama, our daily download team-- lauren ashburn and howard kurtz, talk to the man who designed the winning side's digital strategy. >> joining us is harper reed, a high tech executive who served as chief technology officer for president obama's reelection campaign. welcome, harper. >> hello. >> hello. >> we spent a year talking about the role of social media in the campaign. how important were twitter, facebook, and +*eupbs gram to e campaign? >> well, it was -- it's interesting to look at 2008 versus 2012. because in 2008 things were just starting -- >> pelley: . >> they were new toys. >> people weren't using them. i like to say like my mom wasn't using them, you know? as more people use these, as more people -- america starts using these they're incredibly important, as you can imagine. >> and are they important because when you get friends or followers on facebook or twitter or tumble -r, amplifying the campaign's message, is that better than hearing it from a politician? >> i think it's more genuine. if i share with you and you're friends on facebook you listen to
for watching us tonight. the culture goes worldwide that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. if you have been watching the memo i have been reporting that america is moving to the left very quickly. president obama's election has emboldened many liberals and funding taxpayer abortion, legalized narcotics and gay marriage. overseas the same thing is going on as the left is surging. in rome on sunday a group of gay activists stripped off their searches revealing the words in gay we trust. the pope was in the middle of a public prayer as the protesters tried to shout him down. >> [shouting] >> go with a message to pope to shut up his mouth and not to give his ad vices to those people who decide to legalize gay marriage. >> bill: italian police carried the protesters away but chances are nothing much will happen to them. in france the new socialist president has vowed to enact gay marriage. that has angered some french citizens including the sizeable muslim nation. so also last sunday they took to the streets saying they want traditional marriage to be upheld in france. >> whene
veterans no longer enlisted in the military. president obama has rolled out a new round of talks with republicans on raising the government's borrowing limit in return for cuts to government spending. the u.s. faces a new deadline of potentially defaulting on its debt next month unless the debt ceiling can be increased. republicans have maintained their stance that any borrowing hike must be offset by slashing government spending. add is what does this conference on monday, obama called the republican demand unacceptable. >> republicans in congress have two choices. they can act responsibly and pay america's bills, or they can act irresponsibly of america through another economic crisis. but they will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the american economy. the financial well-being of the american people is not leveraged to be used. the full faith and credit of the u.s. is not a bargaining chip. >> the death toll from the syrian government airstrike on a northern town has reached at least 20 people in addition to around 100 wounded. the victims were gathered in the
're moving off minoring in hip-hop and we'll talk economics here. president obama, maybe we'll talk hip-hop as well, in a final formal news conference before he takes the oath of office here in his second term spoke this morning, pushing for support on raising the debt ceiling. >> and republicans in congress have two choices here. they can act responsibly and pay america's bills, or they can act irresponsibly and put america through another economic crisis. but they will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the american economy. the financial well-being of the american people is not leverage to be used. the full faith and credit of the united states of america is not a bargaining chip. and they better choose quickly because time is running short. >> so the president says there will be no ransom, you heard him say no bargaining chip in this whole debt ceiling debate. the deadline to raise that ceiling is approaching quickly. some members in congress say they're willing to shut down the government to avoid raising that limit now. joining me now is ben stein. nice to have you
the american original. for over three decades the sharpest sources, talk. >>> presidential mismaking. >> president obama arranged a new year's deal to elude the fiscal cliff. republicans and democrats both consented to the deal. now neither party is happy with the outcome. democrats complain that obama caved. because the president's plan allows george w. bush's tax cuts to become permanent. for those making less than $400,000 a year. these democrat critics fear that obama's second term instead of being quote, unquote bold will be quote, unquote cautious as his first term. and on the right, republicans moan and grown and say that -- groan and say that obama is demeaning in the way he deals with house speaker john boehner. hold on, says columnist rockman. we expect too much of obama he says because in the united states, we subscribe to the quote, unquote myth of the imperial presidency. other transformational democratic presidents such as fdr and lbj, rockman says, have substantial democratic majorities in both the senate and in the house to enact their landmark legislation. obama in c
, the poll also said that we're talking about obama before the show that the majority of americans believe what's hindering economic growth is the fact that washington continually finds itself at an impasse or a position around how to resolve what seem to be to me and i think a lot of americans commonsense balanced solutions that should be put forward. without that, all of this, i don't think, comes to fruition. >> let me say one thing before we go. michael, if, in fact, the ofa infrastructure does work, does that not then -- does that not mean now all future presidencies will have -- >> the eternal campaign. to some extent, you do already, but this will rachet up one notch. >> it's also -- the political parties have disintegrated in terms of power. the republican side, everything is -- >> understatements. >> i know. the tea party groups, the stuff, those are now the epicenters of the political power right now. it's not the rnc. what organize for action is going to do is take look the dnc's traditional power structure and remove it. >> if we are constant campaigning from now to eternity, s
. and david cameron has been talking to president obama about probably sharing their confusion about the situation on the ground, and that very remote part of algeria. leon pan etta has come out, saying he and the rest of the defense department is working around the clock to bring the situation to a happy ending. >> and matthew, another question, and i apologize if you already addressed it, but i'm trying to read the latest details coming out. do we know the number of americans? any clarity on that? >> no, we don't is the short answer to that. we know that there are 41 people according to militants held hostage, and a good number from britain, japan, and the united states as well. exact figures are very hard to come by at the moment. >> yeah, that's actually one of the more disturbing details, right? we don't have the actual information and the united states doesn't know. matthew chance live in london. one more thing here. i am uncertain whether or not there was clarity on that a small number of bp employees unaccounted for at that gas plant in algeria. the company releasing the stat
talking about how president obama has successfully been neutering republican members of the house. again, from your insiders' perspective, is that you guys talk about in secret meetings? how to neuter those on the right? >> look, i don't think it's possible to neuter the right. so i don't think that's the goal. look, i will say because i want to touch on something you were just talking about. in that this is not -- if i were advising the republicans, i would say this is not about tactics or poll tested talking points. this is about what is your agenda? do you support equal pay for women? do you support comprehensive immigration reform? so it's -- i think within the democratic party, it's hard to understand why they keep having meetings about their tactics when really they need to take a look at how they're not identifying with or relating to the demographics of the country. >> hey, thomas, can i say real quick to jen on that point. you're absolutely right. and if you disagree with the things that jen just outlined there as is part of the republican talking point if you will, tell us why,
. ahead, we'll talk about president obama's potential executive order on gun control. we're talking to connecticut senator chris murphy about what the president actually can do as well as vice president biden's expected recommendation. that's coming up in just a few moments. first, though, we want to get an update on some of the other stories that are making news. john berman has that in new york. good morning, john. >> good morning, soledad. the nation wooild flu outbreak, it's just about everywhere. in all but three states, in fact, those lucky states, california, hawaii, and mississippi. in new york city the big hassle involves trying to get vaccinated. there's a run on the vaccine at some pharmacies and urgent care centers since governor andrew cuomo declared a public health emergency. debate resumes today in the house of representatives over two bills that address sandy relief aid. despite opposition from house conservatives, the bills are expected to pass providing an additional $50 billion to the hard hit northeast. lawmakers in the affected areas including new jersey governo
using emotion than he did talking about his actual plans themselves. an emotional president obama unveiled his plan in front of an audience that included parents of newtown victims. >> she dreamed of becoming a painter. chris, her father, gave me one of her paintings. and i hung it in my private study. and every time i look at that painting, i think about how when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us, we must act now. for grace. >> the president outlined four major points. each one evoked memories of past mass shootings. >> we will make sure mental health professionals know their options for reporting threats of violence. >> reporter: this action makes it easier to share mental health records with authorities, a move that could have identified seung-hui cho as a threat before the virginia tech massacre. >> congress should restore a ban on military-style assault weapons and a ten-round limit for magazines. >> reporter: the previous ban expired in 2004. the gun used in newtown, connecticut is the kind that would be banned. he wants a limit on ammunition that could hav
talks are under way. president obama warns the dire consequences if congress fails to raise our borrowing limits. in tonight's reality check, sam brock explains why most people should just take a deep breath. sam? >> raj, it would be therapeutic if nothing else. there is certainly little refuting the failure to raise the debt ceiling would send shock waves through the economy both national and global. that being said, president obama only fanned the flames today painting a picture of government catastrophe based on the facts seems a bit trumped up. >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states. >> reporter: in the first press conference of his second term, president obama wasted little time scaring the day lights out of millions of americans who rely on government paychecks for one service or another, of the consequences of a u.s. default. >> may not be able to pay our troops or honor our contracts with small business owners. food inspectors, air traffic controllers, specialists who track down nuclear materials wouldn't get their paychecks. >> reporter: the preside
in washington will be over the debt ceiling. can president obama end this craziness and bypass congress altogether? we'll talk about the out of the box solutions and whether they would work. >>> and, finally, this is the signature of the man who might be the next treasury secretary. we'll look back through history to see if there's any loopy president. speaking of secretaries of the treasury three former holders of the office and many other statesmen and women offering advice to the president on a new gps special tonight "memo to the president, road map for a second term." tonight at 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. eastern and pacific. >>> first, here's my take. chuck hagel's nomination as america's next secretary of defense has drawn fire from people who say he's outside of the main stream. in fact, he's a pretty straight forward, traditional republican on most issues with a reluctance to go to war, born of knowledge and experience. where hagel does appear out of the mainstream in washington's world of group think is on iran. which i would argue is a good thing because washington desperately
is shucking and jiving. that's a racial era slave term. >> powell is most likely talking about former alaska governor sarah palin who blasted president obama for his handling of the benghazi consulate attack on facebook writing in part, "why the lies? why the cover up? why the dissembling about the cause of the murder of our ambassador? on the anniversary of the worst terror attacks on american soil. we deserve answers to this. president obama's shuck and jive shtick with these benghazi lies must end." joining me now cnn contributor and senior writer for cnn.com, gra l.z. granderson. and will cain. palin defended the remarks saying there was nothing racist about them. was there? >> i'm going to go with no, carol. you know this is always my favorite segment. why are republicans racist? are you racist? tell me again what is not racist about conservatism? it's always the burden of proof to prove you're not a racist, which is a near impossible thing to do. i understand you're not asking me about my personal views. you're asking about a party. i don't know, whatever that is, tens of millions of p
up to president obama's second inauguration. we will talk to members of the congress and the civil rights activists. we'll deliver the invocation for president obama's inauguration. next is melissa harris perry. she explores what is next for the gun debate. is it a mark of victory for women in a field dominated by men? it's melissa harris perry. see you next week on "up." [ rosa ] i'm rosa and i quit smoking with chantix. when the doctor told me that i could smoke for the first week... i'm like...yeah, ok... little did i know that one week later i wasn't smoking. [ male announcer ] along with support, chantix is proven to help people quit smoking. it reduces the urge to smoke. some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood, hostility, agitation, depressed mood and suicidal thoughts or actions while taking or after stopping chantix. if you notice any of these stop taking chantix and call your doctor right away. tell your doctor about any history of depression or other mental health problems, which could get worse while taking chantix. don't take chantix if you've had a seriou
in talks with president obama over spending cuts. >> president obama second inauguration is days away, but do not expect the same as you saw the last time around. this jury will be scaled down. only 900,000 people are attending which is half as many as attended in 2009. this year's preparations have been replete it. the real president will have to swearing ins. he will have a public ceremony on monday, a private one the day before. he will use two bibles, one owned by abraham lincoln, and of our martin luther king jr.. >> you will be able to watch the inauguration ceremony live with during the kron4 morning news on monday. it was started 8:30 a.m. in the morning. we will also have a parade live on our 24-7 bay area news channel. >> we will be right back. >> we will be right back. you in heaven. wrapped in luxury. you in action. you in motion. you in luck. play in style. talking stick resort, scottsdale. book now to enjoy cactus league spring training rates. wwoç that's why i got them . warm flaky pastry with delicious sweet filling my kids will love. plus i get two boxtops for their
to be discussion. people have to talk about it. >> pelley: one weapon mr. obama wants banned is the military- style ar-15 semiautomatic rifle. the ar-15 was used in newtown, in the colorado movie theater massacre, and in that mall shooting in october. in all three shootings, the guns were equipped with high-capacity ammunition magazines holding between 30 and 100 rounds. the national rifle association was consulted by the vice president's panel, but today the n.r.a. described its opposition to this new plan as the "fight of the century." bill plante sat down today with the president of the n.r.a., david keene. >> reporter: you're against the ban on these so-called assault weapons because you don't believe that they're used in that many crimes. >> well, they're not. they're not used in very many crimes, and all the statistics show that. anybody who dies from any reason at the hands of a criminal or somebody who is insane-- or in an accident, for that matter-- is a tragedy. nobody is saying it isn't. but what i am saying is, banning these firearms is not going to accomplish very much. >> reporter: wh
agreed with him before on the show where i did talking about barack obama. melissa: i did? >> barack obama coming to new york. mayor bloomberg said don't come. melissa: you're right. keep me honest. i love you. >> that is at least twice i know. melissa: you keep me honest. >> twice you have done that you do the same to me. melissa: anytime come to the city, give me a call. i owe awe drink. >> i'll be there. melissa: i love you. you're the best. >> you're the best, thanks. melissa: if you want to be a school teacher should like kids, i don't know, i think. this ohio teacher is suing her former school district over her rare phobia of children. she has a phobia of children. she is teacher! this is bizarre details. at the end of the day that it is all about money. ♪ ♪ [ slap! ] [ slap! slap! slap! slap! ] ow! ow! [ male announcer ] your favorite foods fighting you? fight back fast with tums. calcium-rich tums starts working so fast you'll forget you had heartburn. ♪ tum tum tum tum tums ♪ . >> i think a lot of us would agree too much money is wasted every year on ridiculous lawsu
will talk about that when we return. >> welcome back. in the u.s., barack obama says he will present a plan this week for cutting gun violence and month after the newtown massacre. >> it is thought the plan might include a ban on assault weapons, and there could be tighter controls on high- capacity ammunition clips as well as tougher background checks. >> what of the measure, one thing is for sure -- they will be controversial. here's a look at the latest data on guns in the u.s. and how they compare with europe. >> despite recurring shooting rampages, most recently in newtown, connecticut, before that in aurora, colorado, many americans still reject gun control. they say the right to bear arms is guaranteed by the u.s. constitution. the un estimates america has 88 guns for every 100 residents. guns are involved in about 30 murders per million residents. the contrast with europe is dramatic. britain has just 6.2 tons per hundred and less than one gun murder per million. germany has about 30 firearms per 100 residents. france even more, but relatively few gun murders. in germany, the high n
. after the ban expired, that jumped from 9% to 20%. colin goddard, can you talk about the impact you think the assault weapons ban could have of president obama succeeds in his push to reinstate it? first, if he could talk about the power of the national rice -- national rifle association. there posting in the months since the newtown massacre, there's been more than 100,000 -- they have had more than one had a thousand members. >> we have also received an inundation of phone calls from people who have never spoken about this senate wanted to get involved in our work. we just met last night in d.c. with every major progressive group that works on policy and they're all coming together around this issue. we are really encouraged to see how many people are coming to us. i don't know the total number, but i'm sure it is comparable to the 100,000 nra got. if we announce we just got over $5 million for people who want to see new policies become law. we have to think about that. when the nra is speaking, they represent a gun manufacturers and the big gun business. they don't represent the
an amount of uncertainty, if you will. just today president obama was talking about what could happen if congress doesn't agree to let the government essentially pay its bills. let's listen. >> america cannot afford another debate with this congress about whether or not they should pay the bills they've already racked up. if congressional republicans refused to pay america's bills on time, social security checks and veterans benefits will be delayed. >> so the truth is the president and the congress actually have to agree on all of this to end up getting a deal. but the question for you, suze, is what are americans supposed to do during a time of uncertainty? for example, if you're thinking about making a big purchase, should you do it now or wait till the president and the congress figures it out? >> the time has come, in my opinion that americans realize that their future cannot be in the hands of politicians. that their financial future has to be held tightly right within their own grips. and if they don't have the money to buy something outright, if they have to put it on a credit
news, join me around the electronic water cooler where we talk about an event from earlier. week. president obama with school children standing behind him signed an executive order meant to curb gun violence. nice scene. some conservative pundits and their lead eer stephen come betr not impressed. >> obama knew his gun grab was going to pass the smell test, so he stooped to surround himself with children. like this confused boy joey. he loves trains. folks, it was a transparent appeal to our humanity. luckily, rush limbaugh doesn't have any. >> obama uses kids as human shields. he brings these kids supposedly who wrote letters to the white house after newtown, bring them up there to present a picture of support among the children. you got these little kids there. they don't want to die. [ crying noises ] how can you not listen to them? >> you are being manipulated, america. >> o oh, boo-hoo. i want to the go to disney land. i want a pony. i want to live to see another day. grow up. oh, i want to grow up. >> all right. still ahead on "way too early," we ask the famous question, wh
entitlements. >> that is the big question. will president obama compromise? >> i'm not sure he is going to compromise on this debt ceiling fight. it is important to talk about the broader contours of this actual debate. a year and a half ago we had an increase of 1 $2.1 trillion. and we are through that. and now we are up to $17 trillion. so, in my view to be candid. there is only one party that is remotely serious about dealing with this party. if we are talking tactics, what do you do if you are house republicans? you have leverage. you have talked about them already on this show. one of them is the debt ceiling fight. and the final one is the continuing resolution which is the stop gap thing because we haven't had a budget for four years. i agree with you. i think the president has the high ground there. he has a big weapon in his arsenal there. you have to give the president his way on that. >> if you pay the debt but you have to apportion out the money, the term for that is default. >> mark, my basic view is this is going to get done. but i'd like to move the last minute further ou
of 2006, i think it was, president obama -- and 2008, by the way -- when he was a senator, he talked a lot about the debt ceiling. remember, president bush was in office at the time, so senator obama would probably be against some of the things he was talking about, particularly the debt ceiling. the senator called it irresponsible to increase the debt. listen to then-senator obama. >> the problem is that the way bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the bank of china in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion for the first 42 presidents. number 43 added $4 trillion by his lonesome so we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back, $30,000 for every man, woman and child. that's irresponsible. it's unpatriotic. >>steve: there you've got the president, back then senator, back in the day saying that president of ours, he's running up the bills, and it would be unpatriotic what he's doing. and we cannot raise the debt limit. forward to his administration, and i think this is going to be the fourt
his recommendations to president obama this tuesday on ways to curb gun violence. coming up about month after the school shootings in connecticut, speculation is growing on what he will propose and also the arguments on sunday political talk shows. peter doocy has more on the plan expected to be unveiled this week. is the nra changing their tune on gun control? >> reporter: no, they are not. david keen is still steamed that obama administration is putting emphasis on it. he doesn't think he is tag their concerns seriously. >> we wish instead of talking about guns specifically that they question that they would address what can we do to prevent these kinds of things in the future. the evidence shows that an assault weapons ban are not going to do that. what will do it is doing something about a broken mental health system that allows people that potentially violent to be the streets. >> reporter: furthermore, the nra is making it clear they don't think there are enough members of congress that favor an assault weapons ban to pass one. >> gregg: it's quite the face-off. is the nra's
bunker. not too bad for a family of four. we're talking about some prime washington real estate at 1600 pennsylvania avenue, the white house. president obama and his family get a rent free deal to live there for the next four years. you could say every american taxpayer owns just a little piece of the white house. felicia taylor, i wanted to talk to you about this. i saw this article in zillow had calculated this morning, just having fun, the white house isn't for sale. in terms of dollars and cents, if someone wanted to buy the white house what do you think it would be worth? >> about a cool $295 million. not such a big price tag. >> please. >> you certainly make enough to afford that, i know. anyway, zillow used public data and recent sales to figure it out. it buys you 50,000 square feet, 132 rooms, and three kitchens because one isn't enough. you got a pool, a movie theater, a bowling alley, that was because of the nixens, they asked for that one, a jogging track, which bill clinton added. the value of the white house got up, though, since obama came into town, up about 7% since 200
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